About us

The Ealing Symphony Orchestra is an independent orchestra based in West London. Established nearly a century ago, the orchestra has come to be seen as a leading voluntary orchestra on the London music scene. We have been under the baton of John Gibbons since 1994, and through this association promote British music by performing the less well known works of British composers.

Most of our concerts are in in West London, with a number of overseas tours, concerts further afield and Festivals under our belt, including:

We are particularly grateful to the William Alywn Foundation and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust for their generous support for many of our trips.

We are proud to support the Ealing Festival of Music, Dance and Speech by offering a performance with the orchestra to the overall winner of the Festival’s concerto classes.

Approximately 50 players are permanent members of the orchestra. Our membership is very diverse, with a wide variety of professions represented, from teachers to physicians to engineers.

The Ealing Symphony Orchestra is a registered Charity, No. 287974.


The Orchestra is managed by a Committee, elected from its members and Friends.

Chair: Jo Boswell
Secretary and Data Controller: Richard Partridge
Treasurer: David Smith

To find out more about the Committee, contact Richard at  or by phone or post as below.

Our Constitution can be found on the Members’ page and we will post an updated version here when it has been reviewed.

Privacy Policy and GDPR

Ealing Symphony Orchestra abides by the General Data Protection Regulation (2018) and the Data Protection Act. We collect a certain amount of data from:

  • our members, in order to run the orchestra;
  • our Friends, in order to run the Friends programme;
  • our audience, in order to administer ticket sales (if you buy online or have a season ticket);
  • the website, we collect anonymised technical data in order to know how visitors use the site and how to improve it.

Our Privacy Notice, including how we use cookies, can be downloaded below.

Ealing Symphony Orchestra Privacy Notice

Our Data Protection and Retention Policy, which covers what data we collect, how long we hold it for, how and why we use it and how to get it amended or deleted, can be downloaded below.

Ealing Symphony Orchestra Data Protection and Retention Policy

Our Policies

The Charity Commission requires us to have in place certain written policies. To make them easier to read and understand we have compiled our shorter Policies into one document, which can be downloaded below. This Policy document contains our:

  • Safeguarding Policy;
  • Complaints Policy;
  • Conflict of Interest Policy;
  • Paying Staff Policy;
  • Volunteer Management Policy;
  • Risk Management Policy; and
  • Investment Policy.

Ealing Symphony Orchestra Policies (reviewed: June 2018)

Our Affiliates

The ESO is affiliated to Ealing Arts and Leisure and to Making Music, the National Federation of Music Societies, which represents and supports amateur performing and promoting societies throughout the UK.

Past sponsors include the William Alwyn Foundation, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and the John Ireland Trust. We are grateful for their support.

Where possible we list our concerts on Concert Diary and Classical Events.

We are listed on Geoff Roussel’s excellent UK Amateur Orchestras site.

We manage our concert ticket sales through Golden Giving; you can visit our page there at any time to make a donation.

We are registered with Give as you Live; an online service that allows you to donate to charity as you shop, at no cost to you.

Contact us

General enquiries: 
Publicity and website:
Friends: Treasurer:

Phone: 020 8567 4075
Post: 68 Elers Road, London W13 9QD